Upon the official announcement this morning, the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, designed by Willie Park, Jr. in 1924, and extensively renovated by Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan beginning in 2013, will host the 2017 LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, to coincide with the 150th birthday celebration of the nation’s capital itself.
This is the third “Open” Championship to be held on a Hurdzan design or redesign in a mere two-year span, with the playing of the 2016 US Senior Open at the Scioto Country Club, designed by Donald Ross in 1916 and extensively renovated by Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan and Jack Nicklaus in 2008, and the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills, an original design by Dr. Hurdzan, Golf Digest Senior Architectural Editor Ron Whitten and Dana Fry.
Allan Bulloch, President of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club states, “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the prestigious 2017 CP Women’s Open. This will also be an opportunity for us to show the world class competitors our magnificently redesigned course.”
Dr. Christopher M. Hurdzan, business partner of Dr. Hurdzan states, “My father is elated that such an honor be bestowed upon “The Hunt” and its membership. But the golf historian side of him is equally proud to reinstall the Park name into modern lexicon, for he considers Park (Jr. and Sr.) to be two of the most complete professionals golf architecture has even seen. “This one”, my father said “is for Willie”.
The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club has welcomed numerous notable championships throughout its 107 years, including the 1994 Du Maurier Ltd. Classic, 2008 Canadian Women’s Open, 1932 Canadian Open and three Canadian Amateur Championships in 1937, 1960 and 1970.
The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open consistently draws one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour. The 2015 CP Women’s Open saw 97 of the top 100 players on the current LPGA Tour Official Money List compete in the event, including Smiths Falls, Ontario native and recent LPGA winner, Brooke Henderson who was the top Canadian.